LGBTQ+ Families

Life

The 5 Biggest Issues Facing LGBTQ Families Today

From lack of parental recognition to reduced access to health care, these are some of the biggest issues facing LGBTQ families today.

LGBTQ+ families come in a wide variety of forms. Whether a parent or child is gay, bisexual, transgender, or identifies as anything else under the rainbow umbrella, there are special considerations for families that include LGBTQ+ members. Some of these are joyful, like being able to express yourself at a Pride parade, and others not so much, like having to help your trans kid navigate the turbulent political environment.

The state of the world for LGBTQ+ families is at an unusual place. In many ways, the queer and trans community has more visibility, acceptance, and support in society than ever before. But at the same time, attacks against the community have grown louder. Many conservatives are specifically targeting kids, with anti-trans bills banning children from sports, bathrooms, and gender-affirming care, and "Don't Say Gay or Trans" bills that prevent kids from seeing themselves represented in the classroom.

As much as this can be overwhelming for LGBTQ+ kids, it can also be difficult for their parents to know how to respond to current events and raise confident and healthy queer and trans children. This is how to lend your support, talk to your kids about LGBTQ+ issues, and navigate the challenges of being an LGBTQ+ family, no matter where you are in your journey.

News

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ByDevan McGuinness

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trans kids

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ByDevan McGuinness

A judge temporarily blocked Texas from so-called “child abuse” investigations into families of transgender youth.

Anti-Trans Laws

Louisiana Becomes The 18th State To Ban Trans Kids From Sports

ByTyler Santora

Louisiana is the latest state to attack trans kids' right to play sports.

News

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ByDevan McGuinness

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speaking up

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ByDevan McGuinness

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LGBTQ+

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ByHeather Tirado Gilligan

Kids can join in Pride, but there are conversations you should have beforehand.

LGBTQ+

10 Ways To Celebrate Pride Month With Your Kids

ByMax Lubbers

Pride parades are great, but there’s so much more to do.

support kids

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ByKristi Pahr

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Trans Kids

Oklahoma Enacts Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill Targeting K-12 Kids

ByKristi Pahr

The Oklahoma governor, for the third time this year, signed into law a bill that makes life worse for trans kids.

Trans Kids

5 Myths About Gender-Affirming Care For Trans Kids, Debunked

ByGeorge Smith

What the science really says about this often life-saving care.

News

What We Can Learn from the Long, Dark History of the Anti-LGBTQ Movement

ByTyler Santora

An expert traces the history of the anti-LGBTQ+ movement — and how the movement began to focus on kids.

News

Almost All Transgender Kids Maintain Identity After Transition, Study Shows

ByKristi Pahr

After five years, 94% identified as binary transgender and 3.5% as nonbinary.

News

Nearly 20% of Trans and Nonbinary Youth Attempted Suicide Last Year

ByKristi Pahr

LGBTQ+ youth of color were more likely to report suicidal ideation and attempt than their white peers.

News

This Map Shows All the States That Have Restricted the Rights of Trans Kids

ByKristi Pahr

At least 150 bills that target trans people have been introduced in states nationwide since the beginning of 2022. Many have become law.

News

Dangerous Florida Guidelines Seek to Ban Social Transition: What Families Need to Know

ByDevan McGuinness

New state guidelines recommend against gender-affirming care for youth in any capacity, including social transition.

LGBTQ+

‘Daddy, What’s Trans?’ How to Talk To Kids About Their Transgender Peers

ByMax Lubbers

Kids have questions. Here are inclusive answers they can understand.